Workshop Descriptions

All workshops are held at the Country Inn & Suites, 1100 Danby Road (Route 96B), Ithaca, NY.
Cost: The fee is $25 per workshop, $60 for all three, or $15 per workshop for retired individuals.

* The registration fee will be refunded if the request is received in writing by the Gerontology Institute no later than two days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be given for cancellation received after this date; however, you may transfer your registration to another person.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Aging in Community: Research and Emerging Models


Mary Ann Erickson, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Gerontology, Ithaca College

Betsy Schermerhorn, Director, Marketing and Admissions, Kendal at Ithaca

Jim Quest, Founding Member, Steering Committee, Love Living at Home in Ithaca

The Aging in Community workshop will provide a research overview of the anticipated living arrangements of 416 community-dwelling older adults using data from the first two data collections of the Pathways to Life Quality Study. Two Aging in Community models will also be discussed. Kendal at Ithaca is a very intentional model for aging in community with a focus on life-care as a specific approach to long-term care, especially as it is provided in a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Love Living at Home in Ithaca is an aging in place initiative designed to provide a full and independent life to residents who live in their own homes by coordinating and consolidating already existing resources, programs and services in the area as a “one call does it all” concierge service provider as part of the growing grassroots effort across the country called “The Village Movement.”


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1:30-4:30 p.m.

“safeTALK” Suicide Prevention

Presenter: Lee-Ellen Marvin, Executive Director and Director of Education for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Ithaca

SafeTALK, a project of Living Works, is a world renowned suicide prevention system that has been adopted by the NYS Office of Mental Health, the US Air Force, and used in over 20 countries around the world. SafeTALK is a 3-hour training that uses discussion, short video dramas, and practice to enable participants to identify persons who might have thoughts of suicide, ask in a clear direct manner about suicidal thinking, and connect those people with help. SafeTALK is an excellent introduction to suicide intervention and a stepping stone to full intervention training which is offered by staff of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

2:00-4:30 p.m.

Family Caregiving in Rural Communities

Presenter: Deborah J. Monahan, Ph. D., L.M.S.W. is a Professor of Social Work, a faculty research affiliate of the Aging Studies Institute, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University


Family Caregiving in Rural Communities will present an overview of the demographic characteristics of family caregivers for seniors in rural communities and assess factors that contribute to their well-being. The services that are available for caregivers and older adults in rural communities will also be examined along with the barriers to service use. Trends for future service needs will be identified that support rural caregivers as well as new roles for professionals in those communities.